A U.S. Magistrate judge on Wednesday declared one of the top leaders of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in Texas a “danger to the community,” and ordered him held without bail.
Federal authorities indicted the biker gang’s national vice president, John Xavier Portillo, and national sergeant-at-arms Justin Cole Forster, who both hail from San Antonio, back in December.
Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad denied bail for Portillo after FBI agents discovered three firearms at the time of his arrest in January and because of a prior drug conviction.
Federal law prohibits felons from owning firearms which the judge indicted played the biggest factor in his decision.
Justice Department prosecutors unsealed the 23-page Federal Indictment against the motorcycle club back in December, which lists multiple counts of racketeering, murder, attempted murder, assault, intimidation along with drug distribution and sales over a six-month period in 2015 while Portillo was the acting national president.
Although the indictment mentions the declaration of war against the rival “Cossacks” Outlaw Motorcycle Club. Prosecutors stopped short in the indictment of mentioning the deadly gunbattle that broke out between the two biker gangs at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas last May 17th.
However, charges did describe how Portillo increased monthly dues to help raise bail money for members who remained in custody, just a week after the incident.
U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin Jr. for the Western District of Texas said the charges details how the Bandidos committed acts of violence across Texas against members of the Cossacks, and other rival biker gangs including confrontations in Palo Pinto County, Zavala County, and Port Aransas.
Furthermore, the indictment accuses numerous members of the Bandidos of the additional charges including weapons possession, the dealing, and transportation of methamphetamine in Texas and across the southwest, along with enlisting members from other states as “enforcers” against the Cossacks in Texas.
“Today’s arrests have struck a significant blow to the Bandidos criminal enterprise,” Durbin said after the arrests.